Hmmm, that’s a good question. I’m glad you asked. But, before I roll out a list of reasons may I tell you a bit about what the thang is and how it got started:
As you may or may not know a blog, or weblog, as it was initially called made its debut in the late 1990s, but it really goes back, even further, to the early 1990s when people like Justin Hall kept online diaries or journals. And, if you dig even deeper you will find some relics arguing that they were posting stuff of a similar type on Usenet. So, where ever it began, it has evolved, and I am happy to say that it is here to stay.
Why, is it here to stay, you might ask: because it is about extending our reach, communication, sharing our thoughts, and connecting . . . and everyone has something to say.
One awesomtastically cool thing about blogs is that the author of a blog is usually also the publisher. And, for those of you who are not from a writing background that means you get to:
- Personalize it
- Have a voice
- Share your opinion
- Share your humanity
- Share knowledge and wisdom on all your favorite subjects . . .
and you can even share pictures, videos, poems and rants
- Invite guest bloggers to share their thoughts
It also means:
- You can feel a sense of belonging and contribution
- You can build a community and share yourself within it
- You can develop yourself as a writer
- You can be perceived as an expert—if you know your subjects well.
- The playing field is wide open
- You get to make the rules—but don’t get too crazy: you do want people to read it
- You get to decide what to write about, and how you want to present it
- You can use words like: thang and awesomtastically, if you feel so inclined
And finally, the grammar and writing gods are more forgiving—but you’ll need to keep enough structure so people can understand what you have written.
So, if you are writing for personal fulfillment it is a great vehicle to self-express and share. If you are writing for business reasons, and you know what you are talking about: it builds credentials, community, and dare I say– it can increase your bottom line.
So what say ye: What are your reasons for blogging . . . or not blogging?